Actress Roopa Ganguly was on Tuesday nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Ganguly, who serves as president of the state Bharatiya Janata Party Mahila Morcha, joined the party in 2015 at a function in Howrah. Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley had handed over the flag and inducted her into the party.
In the Bengal Assembly election held in May 2016, Ganguly contested from North Howrah constituency and lost to Trinamool Congress nominee Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who is currently serving as Minister of State for Youth Affairs in Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s cabinet.
Ganguly had previously led a march to Kakdwip to highlight the “reign of terror unleashed by Trinamool Congress.”
She is most famous for portraying the Draupadi in the TV show Mahabharata in the late 1980s. When contacted she refused to make any comment on her nomination to the Upper House of the Parliament.